iPad App Puts You In The Choreographer’s Seat. See How! [Video]

iPad App Puts You In The Choreographer’s Seat. See How! [Video]

The divide between a perfomer and the audience is blurred in the new iPad application that puts users in control of the choreography. Passe Par Tout (Passe-Partout) is the third app from 2wice Arts Foundation that offers a new way to experience dance. iPad App Puts You In The Choreographer’s Seat. See How! What this app is doing that is different from the others is that it’s letting the viewer have a little bit more insight into what it takes to create choreography. As you work with these layers, you start to see unison and symmetry and repetition — I was hoping that we would be able to visualize some very core concepts that exist in choreography by letting the viewer interact with them.” Article from The New York Times here. iPad App Puts You In The Choreographer’s Seat. See How! Video courtesy of The New York Times. Choreography by Justin Peck, Principal with New York City Ballet. iPad App Puts You In The Choreographer’s Seat. See How! The 2wice Arts Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports the visual and performing arts. The Foundation, which began in 1989, has its headquarters in the legendary New York City Center. The work of the Foundation is to publish digital and print projects that focus on the intersection of photography, dance, design, performance, fashion, art and architecture. http://www.2wice.org/ You can get this app at iTunes...
If You Think Ballet Is Only For Thin Girls? Think Again! [Video]

If You Think Ballet Is Only For Thin Girls? Think Again! [Video]

  If You Think Ballet Is Only For Thin Girls? Think Again! Big Ballet Confronts Body Stereotypes When you think of ballet dancers, you immediately imagine strong, yet very thin bodies. Well, think again. Former Royal Ballet dancer, Wayne Sleep has come up with a new reality show. “Oh, no, not another one,” you’re thinking. Sleep knows, first hand, what ballet dancers go through with body their type and image. He struggled, not with his weight, but with his height. Not many ballet companies were willing to hire a 5’2 male dancer. Likewise, aspiring ballerinas need a certain body type and weight to advance their careers. A otherwise good female dancer can lose her chance at her dream of dancing if she doesn’t fit the mold. Sleep decided to give these dancers that chance; he created “Big Ballet”. While the concept of “Big Ballet” seems ripe for humiliating its stars (as reality shows often do), the show insists its intent is to change the perception that ballet dancers must be thin to be beautiful. In fact, most of the participants (who range widely in age) have prior dance training, but quit in discouragement after being told they were too heavy. For them, the opportunity to perform gives them a chance to finally fulfill a lifelong dream. Full article at Pointe Magazine. If You Think Ballet Is Only For Thin Girls? Think Again! Wayne Sleep shares: At only 5’2″, Sleep is famous for being the shortest male dancer ever admitted into the Royal Ballet School. Had he not left his audition for the school early and missed his final physical examination, he would...
Young Ballet Dancer’s Life Cut Short After Bicycle Accident

Young Ballet Dancer’s Life Cut Short After Bicycle Accident

Twenty-year old Sarasota Ballet dancer, Pedro Pupa died Wednesday evening from injuries after being hit by a delivery truck.  The Sarasota Ballet issued a news release describing Pupa, who had been with the company for two years, as “a talented dancer and a truly outstanding young man.” “Our hearts are breaking, as our much-loved little angel, Pedro Pupa was taken so tragically from this world,” said Margaret Barbieri, assistant director of the Sarasota Ballet. “We are still in disbelief and it is going to take some time for us all to come to terms with the sadness we feel for our enormous loss. Pedro was a very special young man with such energy and a zest for life, but most especially we will remember him for his beautiful smile that radiated and lit everywhere he went and also for his great love and passion for dancing. For more on this story, visit the Bradenton Herald. Young Ballet Dancer’s Life Cut Short After Bicycle Accident Pedro Pupa, brazilian dancer, is seen in the video below at 17 performing the Drum Variation of Graduation Ball. He was already very talented at such a young age! Take a look. Video can be found on YouTube. Young Ballet Dancer’s Life Cut Short After Bicycle Accident “He was a gentle and happy soul, and always showing such generosity to all his friends, family and colleagues. He was also brave and determined, when an injured knee prevented him from dancing, he fought all odds to work back and become an even better dancer. Only a few hours before the accident, he was at the studio...
Happy Birthday to Johan Kobborg, Principal Dancer, Choreographer and Teacher! [Video]

Happy Birthday to Johan Kobborg, Principal Dancer, Choreographer and Teacher! [Video]

Happy Birthday to Johan Kobborg, Principal Dancer, Choreographer and Teacher! Johan Kobborg (born 5 June 1972) is a Danish ballet dancer, choreographer, director and visual artist. He is most noted as a ballet dancer, having been a principal dancer with both the Royal Danish Ballet and the Royal Ballet in Great Britain, as well as making guest appearances with other international ballet companies. Happy Birthday to Johan Kobborg, Principal Dancer, Choreographer and Teacher! In June 2013, he announced that he and Cojocaru would leave The Royal Ballet at the end of 2012/13 season. Their last performance in London was in Mayerling on 5 June, his 41st birthday, followed by scheduled performances on 10 and 12 July with the company in Tokyo.[3] Since 2013 he has been artistic director of the Romanian Nation Ballet Company in Bucharest. He has a four-year contract. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johan_Kobborg Enjoy this excerpt of Manon with Mr. Kobborg and Alina Cojocaru, performed in 2013. Video courtesy of YouTube. Happy Birthday to Johan Kobborg, Principal Dancer, Choreographer and Teacher! Visit Mr. Kobborg’s website: http://www.kobb.org.uk/ and YouTube channel. Maek sure to wish him a very happy birthday in the comments box...
My Jaw Dropped When I Heard ‘Expert’ Call Bowe Bergdahl A Narcissistic Ballet Dancer! [Video]

My Jaw Dropped When I Heard ‘Expert’ Call Bowe Bergdahl A Narcissistic Ballet Dancer! [Video]

The hosts of Fox & Friends and Fox News psychiatric consultant Keith Ablow set a land-speed record Wednesday morning when, during a segment ostensibly psychoanalyzing freed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, they traced the soldier’s participation in a ballet to President Barack Obama’s essential un-Americanness in two minutes flat. That they did it while admitting that they knew next to nothing about Bergdahl is what makes it art. My Jaw Dropped When I Heard ‘Expert’ Call Bowe Bergdahl A Narcissistic Ballet Dancer! “The fact that he was a dancer and a lifter — not a weightlifter, but I guess he would lift the ballerina — what does that mean?” Brian Kilmeade asked, with an assist from fellow host Steve Doocy. “Supposedly he was recruited by these girls to have that role,” Ablow replied. “I think front and center on any stage is this guy’s M.O.: unless it doesn’t feed him narcissistically — you can’t give him a job unless you’re going to tell him you’re the star and we’re going to keep you at a throttle of twelve out of ten.” “Well, he definitely wanted out of Afghanistan and maybe it’s his way of closing GTMO regardless of the consequences,” Doocy said. “He wants out of America, my friend,” Ablow said. “Trust me.” Ablow prefaced the entire exchange by conceding he had not evaluated Bergdahl or his parents “formally,” which is TV-psychospeak for “at all.” So is he implying that ballet dancers are narcissistic? That they don’t know how to adhere to the rules of an institution? Dr. Ablow has never seen a ballet company at work. He has no...

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